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By Pete Kotz in homicide, robbery
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

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SEE UPDATE: Steven Spader on Trial for Hacking Kimberly Cates to Death & Trying to Kill 11-Year-Old Girl.

The four men knew they would kill that night; the victims were irrelevant. They picked the house of Kimberly and David Cates for a home invasion simply because it was on a secluded road in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire...


Christopher Gribble, 20, and Steven Spader, William Marks, and Quinn Glover, all 18, broke into the home and cut off the power. They found nurse Kimberly Cates sleeping in her bedroom, along with her 11-year-old daughter Jaimie. Days before, they planned to kill whoever they encountered on their robbery, not matter who it was.

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Kimberly Cates was chopped in the head, torso, arms and legs by a machete while her daughter was stabbed
​According to Gribble, Kimberly woke up. Spader attacked her with a machete. Gribble stabbed young Jaimie in the face and chest, trying to to knife her through the heart. He chucked her against a door, presuming she was dead. The girl would later tell police she faked death until the men left.

Kimberly died from machete wounds to the head, torso, arms and legs. But Jaimie survived after two weeks in the hospital. The criminal geniuses were caught because they bragged about the murder to friends. Apparently they're the kind of guys who think killing a woman and stabbing an 11-year-old is an act worthy of envy.

According to police documents released today, Gribble, who says he's long wanted to murder someone, told detectives his only regret is that he didn't kill the girl.

"Gribble stated his only regret was he didn't kill the child because she now had to live with this," according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. "Gribble stated that if he realized she was alive he would have killed her."

Gribble and Spader have been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.

Though Gribble's confessed, Spader is still trying to deny any involvement, going so far as to tell detectives "that whoever did it should get the death penalty." He's right about that.

Marks and Glover are charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery.

20-year-old Autumn Savoy has also been charged with helping the four dump evidence into the Nashua River and providing a false alibi when he said Gribble and Spader were at his home the night of the slaying.

SEE UPDATE: Steven Spader on Trial for Hacking Kimberly Cates to Death & Trying to Kill 11-Year-Old Girl.

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